Hope you can provide some guidance here for a couple of picky parents. We have a toddler son named Corin Henry, last name sounds like Hollis-with-a-W.We love his name and we like that most people can say and spell it with little prompting, but it's different from most other names at the local park. It also suits our backgrounds - Scottish Canadian and English/Scottish Australian. The middle name honours his grandfather and great-grandfather (by using their middle names).Now that we felt we did rather well naming our first, we're stuck trying to find an equally wonderful name for a second boy.We live in a large, culturally diverse urban centre, so the naming options out there are wild and almost nothing unusual is unheard of. We are not worried if the name seems slightly feminine, in fact I rather it than a macho boy name like Rock or Axel. We like names from the British/Scottish/Welsh extraction. They just suit our background. Other guiding principles, I prefer two-syllable names for boys and don't like a plethora of common nicknames.Our first decision was Errol which I love, but I got turned off it when I found some strange people on the internet that would have our son's first and last name. ARGH GOOGLE.All of our other choices are mostly E names:Emery/Emory - wondering if it skews too female these days, I prefer the 'o' spelling but I think the college is pronounced Em-OR-yEmrys/Emry - I like Emrys but the double 's' sound of the first and last names seems a bit lispy to me. Also the pronunciation of Emry does sound awfully like our first son's middle name. We wonder if people will just think we're mispronouncing Henry, which is a common name in our neighbourhood.other names I've liked:AudenGideonRufusMy husband isn't on board with any of these especially, but does not mind Rufus. It has the same double-s sound with our last name.I'm stuck for any other suggestions.Hope you can help!
The first name that came to mind was Omri: similar to Emory and Emry, but not currently used for girls. (In the United States, Emory/Emery/Emry are all used more often for girls than for boys.) Omri is the name of the little boy in the book The Indian in the Cupboard, one of my favorite books from childhood. It's almost unused (only 26 baby boys were given the name in the U.S. in 2011), but not too difficult to say or spell. I spent a little time online looking up the pronunciation: most sources say it's AWM-ree. One or two gave an alternate pronunciation of a long O sound and an emphasis on the second syllable: ohm-REE. My family said it AHM-ree: the O sound of Oliver.
The second name that came to mind was Arlo: similar to Errol, but perhaps without any shady associations.
The third name that came to mind was Ruben: similar to Rufus, but without the S-ending issue.
I wonder if you'd like Earl or Karl or Darrell or Merrill instead of Errol?
Or Claude or Alton or Alden or Odin instead of Auden?
A few more possibilities:
Russell (maybe too much L and S with the surname)
Name update! Sarah writes:
Thought I would update you on the name of our second son, born a few days ago.
We went back and forth on a few names before the birth, with Errol back in the mix along with a few of your suggestions, but THE name never emerged. When he was born, my husband felt strongly immediately he was a little Rufus (I love the nn Roo) so we set about finding a middle to break up the double-s sounding ends.
We settled on my father's name Wyndham, and together we think the name sounds lovely, as well as being a suitable companion name for his besotted brother Corin.
Thank you so much for your help and that of your readers!